Here's a new design I completed today. I started to realize my old cards are pretty dated looking (and almost out, which is a good thing!) So, I created this new design. I used inspiration from the paintings I have been doing lately at live painting events. The two paintings here were completed last night at a PHIT Comedy event called "Untitled." The show meshes improv comedy and visual arts. There are artists paintings or drawing on stage while improvisers create scenes based on the artists' previous work. Then the artists create pieces that are inspired by the scenes. It's very cyclical. And cynical. The sets of 2 paintings were completed start to finish in just under 40 minutes. Yesterday they had a lovely gallery showing afterwards and I sold the farting cardinal and the "Hell is Other People" paintings. Horray!
Recently I saw 2 (countem' - two!) shows on the same evening at PHIT, which means I should get an award or something. Actually my lovely boyfriend should get an award for volunteering to go grab me more cider between the shows (he doesn't drink...and I was wearing heels. Isn't he a gentleman!?) Anyway, I was happy to be drawing some of these folks for the second or third time. Some sketches came out good, some didn't, as always, but that's why it's called practice. ' All the sketches were completed quite quickly, most under 5 minutes, with a ballpoint pen. The exception to this would be the drawing of the Mean Wendy Band, which was about 10-15 minutes I believe. There might be three shows in here, I'm not really sure.
As always, you guys are welcome to pull any of these images down to use on facebook or whereever, but please be sure to link to my website either in the description or you can leave the watermark that I have inserted on the pages. (www.katiehaire.com) I'll be at a show tomorrow night ("Brought to You By...") and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces there.
Last sunday I checked out the last performance of Five Dollar Comedy Week here in Philly at the Plays and Players Theatre. There were 60 performers each doing a 1 minute monologue. I secured a place in the back of the theatre, which probably wasn't the best idea in hindsight. The seats around me quickly filled and soon I was trapped. That seat will have to do! It was a tight squeeze to get my drawing supplies out.
There was a bright screen on stage that said each performers name. The screen was blinding to me, but only because I kept looking down at my sketchbook to draw. It was hard to transition from looking at the bright light to looking at a dark page, but I really liked the touch of having each performers name displayed on stage!
The acts were really funny, I had a great night of laughing and drawing. Below are my sketches of every single performer...except 1 that was only over the loudspeaker, and another being the 2nd mime.) Yes there were 2 mimes. I wish I had a picture.
I hope all the performers can see their image... and let me apologize in advance. Remember - sitting in back, bright lights, 60 seconds to draw AND write a line from the set. I consider only some a success but the sheer number of them is something pretty cool in my opinion.
I am still saying: "IM MOUSTACHE TOMMY!" much to my boyfriend's delight...
La Va is a cute little coffee house at the corner of 21st and South Streets in Philadelphia. I have been working with the lovely owner Liron on revamping her chalkboard menus and beautiful antique mirror that is hung above their extensive coffee bar. Here are some concept sketches I have laid out in photoshop. The chalkboard is quite large, about 6x4 FEET! The mirror is about 4x2 feet. This is going to be no small job! I believe my best plan of action is printing out the sketches, drawing a grid, and going from there. If you have done large chalk jobs before please tell me your methods! This is my first chalk job of this size.
Above is an actual picture of the mirror above the bar at La Va. Here is an easier-to-read version of the above sketch concept. There are a few items missing (like hot tea...oops!) but overall this is the basic layout:
In order to create the above concept sketches in photoshop, I first used the wonderful website and resource dafont.com to download various fonts. They have some really nice script ones for fair use. Of course I am going to be drawing all of the fonts so they are just references for me to look at, and then ultimately do the job by hand. After creating a text-based image in InDesign I exported the file over to Photoshop, deleted the white background, inverted the colors (because these boards are going to be done in all white chalk markers,) and then layered them over an appropriate background. What do you think?
My parents donated money to a biker fundraiser or whatever, so they get a name on the back of a shirt. Not sure if I'll get a shirt yet, we'll see. They needed a vector graphic so who better to ask than their daughter with the degree in art education!? I didn't have illustrator. But now I do! And I've never made a vector before so what better time to learn?
The Shamrock I used in the design has this creative commons license.